December 25, 2021 at 3:42 pm #98697
The good news is that all of the various upgrades and minor repairs that my Fulvia Coupe needed to be properly roadable were completed. It now starts easily, warms up quickly, and runs very well. Of course, it then decided that it wanted a new brake master cylinder—That’s going in on Monday.
Presuming that goes as expected, it’s time to get a quote for having the seat covers redone and a little work done on the dashboard (fix clock, fix crack in the dashboard top, etc). I might even put a modest sound system into the car so I can use the iPhone for navigation and tunes when I go a longer distance … like to Pismo Beach for the West Coast ALC Reunion in June. 🙂
Coming along very nicely…
GJanuary 3, 2022 at 11:54 am #98698alcadminKeymaster
Happy New Year and that is good news about your car getting close to ready to take out on the road again.
Look forward to meeting you in Pismo Beach.
Leif neumanJanuary 4, 2022 at 7:50 pm #98701
The Fulvia is now in good running order: A Fulvia Happened On the Way To…
I’m pretty psyched about it. All the mechanical necessities are taken care of. Next: seats and other interior refurbishments… 😀
GFebruary 2, 2022 at 11:23 am #98714
The Fulvia is now in its second-third week at the interior shop. All the seats are being completely remade, the dash and its surrounding plastics are being restored, all the carpeting will be replaced with original rubber mat flooring with over-mats, and the doors are being rebuilt (all the channels, felts, seals, etc had perished). The locks are all being re-keyed with fresh key blanks, and the upper door/window trim is being redone. New seat belts will polish it off.
Big job, but it’ll be worth it. Will look and feel like a new car when this is completed. 🙂
It’s coming along very nicely.. probably another 3 weeks to go.
GFebruary 20, 2022 at 6:55 am #98738
Work continues along:
Seats, front and rear, are done; rear seat fitted. Rear upper window trim restored, package shelf restored. The dashboard top and surround have been restored and re-fitted. New rubber mat flooring with carpet over mats have been fitted. New three-point seat belts are fitted. The door/window internals are in progress being restored and refined. Ignition and door key locks have been cleaned, lubricated, and keys made. Trunk flooring and trunk/fuel/glovebox door keys are in progress. Near-new rear view mirror is ready to fit. New sun visors are ready to fit.
Most of what’s left should happen pretty quickly … It’s all looking just beautiful, should be done by the end of this week!
GFebruary 25, 2022 at 8:53 pm #98740
Signora Fulvia was finished at the interior shop yesterday. My partner drove me over there, I picked it up, and we bombed around the area for a couple of hours.
The interior work is as close to perfect as all get out. Seats, carpets, doors, trunk, dashboard, dash lights, sun visors … everything is just right now. Nothing rattles, the whole car feels of a piece: solid and like-new.
So today I took it on its maiden post-resto run from down here in the valley up the hills to Alices Restaurant in Woodside for lunch. A couple of friends met me there and we all had a gas discussing the Fulvia’s resurrection/restoration. Then I drove along the ridgetop, along the twisty roads, and down the squigglies to home. It performed perfectly, from cruising on the freeway at 75 mph to twisting through the switchbacks. A very happy camper am I. 🙂
There are a few minor niggles to straighten out, and a couple of minor upgrades to add to it, but by and large it is what it ought to be: A fine little Lancia Fulvia Coupe, tailored to my desires and running very well.
Life is good when you make dreams come true.
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